H.R. 4761, The Congressional Belt-Tightening Act of 2010 (12 comments ↓)

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H.R. 4761 would reduce the pay of Members of Congress and eliminate automatic adjustments to such pay, to establish a limit on the aggregate amount which may be appropriated for the Members' Representational Allowances of Members of the House of Representatives.

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Congressional Belt-Tightening

H.R. 4761 would reduce the pay of members of Congress by 5% and eliminate the automatic raises they wrote into law some years back. The current salary for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year, and they do get a raise ever...

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March 7, 2010, 11:29am (report abuse)

All government workers and politicians who make over

$40,000. a year should be cut 10% next year, and another 5% the following year.

George Golfieri

March 8, 2010, 11:47am (report abuse)

If Social Security participents did not receive a COLA raise why should congress get an automatic pay raise?

J Roane

March 8, 2010, 12:09pm (report abuse)

No raise no time.

The comment block counts the number of characters, why the number of Congressmen stayed the same.

M. Gielow

March 8, 2010, 12:54pm (report abuse)

The proposed salary reduction is insufficient. All members of Congress should immediately receive a 10% salary cut (as many in the private sector have done). This should be followed by an annual 5% reduction until a balanced budget is achieved without tax increases. The reality is, though, that they have neither the will nor the courage to do any of this.

J Jonas

March 8, 2010, 1:14pm (report abuse)

And don't forget, George Golfieri, we retired military didn't get a COLA increase this year either. 2% - ya think we were asking for the moon!

Bill Johnson

March 8, 2010, 1:38pm (report abuse)

It's about time Congress came down out of the clouds. They have been in Hog Heaven for so long, they have forgotten what it is to live like one of us poor mortals. The first time that Congressional pay went above 50 Grand, was the time that they should have been brought up short and made to realize, that they were elected by a large majority of people who were making less than that at the time. Present day pay is ridiculous.

Any pay raises for Congress should require a vote of the people.

Fast Granny

March 8, 2010, 2:23pm (report abuse)

It is wrong for any group to make laws that are created for self interest and self benefit. Their pay should be voted on with a ceiling and control of perks. How about giving them basic Medicare?

They shouldn't have a lifetime job with a dynasty. How many are relatives of previous or future representatives. At some point, they represent only themselves.

Jean Lamb

March 8, 2010, 2:56pm (report abuse)

Job satisfaction by the people who pay the paychecks should be the only fact which warrants a pay raise. Noone should have an automatic raise just because they (themselves) have voted for it. No one should be able to set the amount of their salary. Salary is dependent on the job and the boss (in this case) the taxpayers, should have the option of raises or denying any added compensation. No other work related job should have all the complementary additions taken by the Congress. No one should have the authority to give themselves the extra benefits that Congress expects and takes. Such as: a jet to take any government employee to and from their place of work. No one should have the authority to jaunt by air, private, military or any other just because they want to be wherever the action of the President is. Congress has been much too much ready to take whatever they want from the public without anyone being able to say NO. No raise! No raise for staff! NONE.

LL Vanorman

March 8, 2010, 10:14pm (report abuse)

If congressional pay raises were based on the level of unemployment in this country there would be plenty of jobs for everyone.


March 9, 2010, 6:42am (report abuse)

It's an honor to serve. Ya right.I say let the disabled veterans vote ya or na for there raise each year. And while were at it, set there salary as well. I can only dream.

Van Lewis

March 9, 2010, 10:16am (report abuse)

First of all, let's thank President Obama and the current Administration for living the the practice of "transparency".

I feel that no Congressman has earned the right to be paid $175,000 as a base salary. I feel that a "Citizen Board" should be formed to decide the salary of all "elected officials"at all levels of Government. This will, in effect, eliminate those that have not the will of the people as their first priority.

Pay raises will only be granted after meeting all of the performance qualifications of the position. This concept is similar to the military and civil service pay scale. These elected officials must earn their keep.

Julia Ritner

March 13, 2010, 5:13pm (report abuse)

The majority of people do NOT want the health bill passed. PERIOD

The salaries of our ELECTED officials should be comparable to industry. FORGET ABOUT A UNIQUE HEALTH PLAN FOR THEM.

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